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Cycle Burma CBUR

Visiting: Burma
Tour Duration 14 Days
 

Burma Cycling Holiday

Burma (Myanmar) has only recently reopened its doors to visitors which makes it an exciting and rewarding place to visit. On this trip we get closer to the wonderfully friendly local people with bike rides between the major highlights. Cycle the ancient capital of Mandalay, temple-studded plains of ancient Bagan, colonial hill station of Maymyo and stilt villages of Inle Lake. We also cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River and admire jewel-encrusted pagodas in Rangoon.

Should I go?
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, gave her blessing to the return of tourism to Burma in November 2010. National League for Democracy (NLD) leader U Win Tin said: "We want people to come to Burma, not to help the junta, but to help the people by understanding the situation: political, economic, moral - everything." This marked the end of the tourism boycott started in 1995 and the return of small groups and individuals to Burma has been endorsed by Burma Campaign UK and the Free Burma campaign. Explore are delighted to return to Burma after pulling out in 1995 in response to the call for boycott. We use a privately-owned Burmese agent for all of our services, and whilst each itinerary has been carefully planned to try and avoid using any service owned by or affiliated with the government or former military junta, we accept that some money will make its way into their hands. We strongly believe that by operating tours in Burma we contribute to the local economy in a positive way, whilst providing our customers with an insight into the culture, through direct interaction with Burmese people.

Tour Highlights

  • The road less travelled - Discover untouched Burma along quiet backroads by bike
  • Rangoon (Yangon) - Colonial grandeur, golden temples and street markets
  • Bagan - Explore one of South East Asia's most spectacular archaeological sites by bicycle
  • Inle Lake - Longtail boat trips and cycle rides across the Shan Plateau
  • Shan Highlands - Hilltribe villages and former British hill station of Kalaw
  • Mandalay - Ancient capitals, river cruises and sunset from Mandalay Hill
  • Mount Popa - Burma's sacred 'Abode of the Spirit Gods'

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join tour Rangoon (Yangon)

  • 2
    Fly to Heho and explore Inle Lake by boat

  • 3
    Cycle Inle Lake to Kalaw

  • 4
    Ride north to Pindaya; Visit Pindaya Caves

  • 5
    Cycle backroads to Ywar Ngan then drive to Mandalay

  • 6
    Morning ride then Irrawaddy Boat back to Mandalay

  • 7
    Bus to Maymyo hill station; visit and return by bike

  • 8
    Visit Ubein Bridge followed by a tour of Mandalay city

  • 9
    Mandalay to Chaung U village, cycle to Monywa via Thanbudday complex

  • 10
    Morning on the bikes; afternoon cruise to Bagan

  • 11
    Bagan sightseeing by bike

  • 12
    Return cycle ride to Mount Popa

  • 13
    Fly to Rangoon (Yangon); afternoon city tour

  • 14
    Tour ends Rangoon

Tour notes

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Why Book this tour
Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.
Included meals 13 9 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Boat, Bicycle
Accommodation
13 nights Standard Hotel
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Local Guide(s), Boat Crew, Explore Tour Leader / Cycle guide
Cycling Information
On this tour we cycle 473 km over nine days (an average of 53 km per day). We mostly follow provincial roads with less car traffic (90% on tarmac roads and 10% on earth/ gravel roads). The terrain is generally flat except for the sections around Kalaw, Maymyo, Pindaya and Inle Lake which are in the hills. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the tour. We have graded the route as moderate.
Included Bike
24 or 27 gear Specialized HardRock Sport or Trek 3900 mountain bikes with front suspension
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16